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Tigers earn impressive sweep of Cavs, Wolves

January 5, 2012

Just a week shy of its conference opener against rival St. Stephens, Fred T. Foard showed Wednesday it’s ready for the challenge.

The Tigers (18-1) lost only one of their 28 total matches against East Burke and Lincolnton, topping both squads in dominating fashion.

Coach Mike Carey said his team is preparing for its upcoming conference slate.

“We’re tuning up for St. Stephens next week,” he said. “That’s kind of our mindset right now. We’re getting ready for conference.”

PREP NOTEBOOK: Trojans top Bears, move to 13-0

January 4, 2012

The Bandys girls basketball team continued its early season roll, knocking off Bunker Hill in Catawba on Wednesday.

The Lady Trojans (13-0, 4-0) quickly jumped out to a 28-2 lead in the first quarter and never looked back, continuing their undefeated streak so far this season.

Three Bandys basketball players reached double-digits in scoring, including sophomore Madi Story, who led the team with 19 points.

Taylor Sigmon and Brittany Moss also scored 11 points each.

Margaret Connor scored 11 points, while Wilbelis Rojas added nine points for the Lady Bears (0-13, 0-4).

Diaw, Bobcats bounce back, beat Knicks 118-110

January 4, 2012

NEW YORK — Boris Diaw rebounded from a dreadful game a night earlier with a season-high 27 points, and the Charlotte Bobcats snapped a four-game losing streak with a 118-110 victory Wednesday over the New York Knicks.

Gerald Henderson added 24 for the Bobcats, who capped a three-game road trip by winning for the first time since their opener. Reserve Byron Mullens scored 16 and D.J. Augustin finished with 14 points and 10 assists. Charlotte shot 55 percent from the field.

Indians sweep Catawba County swim championships

January 4, 2012

After watching rival Hickory sweep the first-ever all-county swim meet last year, St. Stephens made the best of its second chance.

The Indians, who were girls runners-up and third in boys competition last year, took both titles at the second Catawba County swimming championships Tuesday at the Hickory Foundation YMCA.
The performance came as a surprise to their coach.

“We didn’t think we had won the girls, and we didn’t think we had a shot with the boys title at all,” said Indians coach LeeAnn Privett. “They just swam really well. We weren’t expecting this.”

PREP NOTEBOOK: Trojans improve to 12-0 on season

January 3, 2012

Girls basketball

Bandys 56, West Caldwell 49

Madi Story scored 24 points and Taylor Sigmon added 15 points, leading the Lady Trojans (12-0, 3-0) to their 12th straight win to start this season.

Brittany Dixon scored 23 points for West Caldwell (4-5, 2-1), while Molly Steptoe added 12 points.

Draughn 67, Bunker Hill 42

Margaret Connor and Wilbelis Rojas each poured in 12 points, but it wasn't enough to help the Bears win on Tuesday.

Bulk of Panthers roster under contract through '12

January 3, 2012

CHARLOTTE — Panthers general manager Marty Hurney's offseason workload should be significantly less stressful than a year ago when it comes to re-signing free agents.

With 57 players either under contract or set to be tendered — including 20 of 22 projected starters — the Panthers are in pretty good shape personnel-wise as they look toward a promising future behind quarterback Cam Newton.

They don't have nearly as many unanswered questions as a year ago.

7 county hoops squads return to action Tuesday

January 2, 2012

Following the conclusion of the 25th annual Catawba Valley Classic, prep basketball action returns today.

Teams in the early stages of the conference portions of their schedules in both the Catawba Valley Athletic 2A and Northwestern 3A/4A.

In a rematch of Thursday’s thrilling boys title game at the Catawba Valley Classic, Hickory welcomes Alexander Central.

Foard (10-3, 0-2) tries to snap a 26-game conference losing streak in boys basketball against South Caldwell (5-6, 0-2).

St. Stephens is also in action. The Indians travel to Hibriten.

County swim meet in Hickory on Tuesday

January 2, 2012

All of Catawba County’s high school swim teams meet at the Hickory YMCA tonight for the annual county swim meet.

The event, which starts at 6 p.m., features teams from Maiden, Fred T. Foard, St. Stephens, Hickory, Newton-Conover and Bandys.

The Red Tornadoes are the defending champions of the meet, winning both the boys and girls titles one year ago at Lenoir-Rhyne’s Aquatic Center.

Hickory’s boys team earned 100 points last year, finishing 27 points ahead of Fred T. Foard.

In girls action, the Lady Red Tornadoes’ 91 points were good enough to edge St. Stephens’ 77 points.

O-N-E sports schedule for the week

January 2, 2012

Monday, Jan. 2
No games scheduled

Tuesday, Jan. 3
Bandys basketball at West Caldwell
Bunker Hill basketball vs. Draughn
Fred T. Foard basketball vs. South Caldwell
Maiden basketball vs. South Iredell
N-C basketball at East Burke
N-C wrestling at South Caldwell (Kings Mt.), 6 p.m.
Catawba County Meet at Hickory YMCA
St. Stephens basketball at Hibriten

Wednesday, Jan. 4
Bunker Hill at Bandys basketball
Fred T. Foard wrestling vs. East Burke/Lincolnton, 5 p.m.
Anderson at Lenoir-Rhyne basketball (women at 6 p.m., men at 8 p.m.)

Lady Trojans, Wolves repeat at Holiday Clash

December 30, 2011

Third time’s the charm — at least in the case of the ninth annual Peoples Bank Holiday Clash.

Bandys scored 29 points in the first quarter, and maintained at least a 10-point lead against North Lincoln for most of the game on its way to a third-straight girls title at the Clash.

“When I think about our tournament overall, I think it’s a team effort,” said Lady Trojans coach Beth Queen. “When you look at our box score, we’ve been very balanced as far as points, steals and assists. It’s been a very balanced attack. That’s what has made me very happy about this tournament.”

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